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February 2018

“Computational Poetry” workshop

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
433 Curry Student Center

Please join us for a workshop on generating poetry, led by Mindy Seu of Harvard University and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram of UMass-Boston. Participants will learn a brief overview of generative poetry, ranging from works by Raymond Queneau of the OuLiPo to Alison Knowles of the Fluxus movement to modern-day Twitter bots. Then using Nick Montfort’s adaptation of A House of Dust, we will create poetry generators that will live on the web. The workshop will use HTML, CSS, and Javascript, but…

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The Internet Possessed: The Programs Optimizing Our Communication from the ARPANET to the Internet

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
346 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join us on February 27th for a talk by visiting speaker Fenwick McKelvey, Concordia University. At the end of 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission passed its repeal order, "Restoring Internet Freedom," ending a brief period of Network Neutrality. The order opened a pandora’s box by allowing Internet Service Providers to install new programs—or what I call daemons—to manage their customers’ communication. Drawing on my forthcoming book, my presentation critically analyzes the evolution of these Internet daemons to optimize packet-switched…

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March 2018

Fake News Series: Kate Starbird, University of Washington

March 1 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, will be speaking at Harvard University. Please see the Shorenstein Center's Events page for updates and more details.

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“Geometries of Thought: What the history of network visualizations reveals about how we think”

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
346 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join us on March 12th for a talk by visiting speaker Scott Weingart, Carnegie Mellon University. "Everything is connected", a generation of magazine covers shouted, proclaiming the dawn of an age of cybernetics, of information, of big data. The history of that connectivity reflects deep-seated philosophical positions which influence what and how we think. Trees and networks offer particularly compelling models through which to organize the world, and looking at their illustrations over the last thousand years provides a unique…

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“Fake News/Real Knowledge: Histories, Structures, Futures”

March 16 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Raytheon Amphitheater, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA United States
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On March 16, 2018, the NULab will be hosting its second annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, graduate students, and research collaborators. The keynote address will be delivered by Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Professor Benkler will deliver a talk titled: "The Architecture of Disinformation in the American Public Sphere" (abstract below). This conference will include presentations on current…

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“An Introduction to Omeka” workshop

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of creating exhibits with Omeka publication platform. No previous experience required but participants should bring their own laptops. This event is free and open to the public, but if you are not a member of the Northeastern community, please email Sarah Connell (sa.connellnortheasternedu) to RSVP.

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The Jesuit Plantation Project Redux: Activating Derived Historical Data in a Digital Environment (or, Death by Hand-Processed-Data)

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
440 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join us on March 28th for a talk by visiting speaker Sharon Leon, Michigan State University. In 1838 Thomas Mulledy, S.J. signed his name to an agreement selling the 272 enslaved persons who resided on Jesuit-owned estates in Southern Maryland to Louisiana. The sale served as the culmination of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus’s fraught experience with slaveholding in the colonial and early national period. While much historical work has been written on Jesuit slaveholding, that writing…

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Fake News Series: Deb Roy, MIT

March 29 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

***Updated time: This event will be held on March 29 at 11:30am. *** As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Deb Roy, Associate Professor at MIT, will be speaking at Harvard University. Deb Roy is an Associate Professor at MIT where he directs the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) based at the Media Lab. His lab explores new methods in media analytics (natural language processing, social network analysis, speech, image, and video analysis)…

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April 2018

“Witches, Vaccines, Pizzas, and the Politics of Storytelling: Toward a Generative Model of Social Stories”

April 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Please join us for a talk by Professor Timothy Tangherlini of UCLA. Title: Witches, Vaccines, Pizzas, and the Politics of Storytelling: Toward a Generative Model of Social Stories ABSTRACT: In the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, two scandals were front and center in the American news, social media, and across the internet. “Bridgegate” was based on verifiable events related to the closure of several lanes leading to the George Washington bridge in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. “Pizzagate” was based entirely on an…

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“Teacher training on the basics of Git and GitHub” workshop

April 10

What: Teacher training on the basics of Git and GitHub Who: @mozzadrella, Instructional Designer, GitHub Education GitHub is where people build software. The platform hosts code, enables collaboration, and as a teacher, gives you deeper insight into student work. Git is a version control system, which tracks versions of your project over time. As a researcher you can document your process, work with others around data, and help your students build portfolios of work. If you are new to the…

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Fake News Series: Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard

April 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Jonathan Zittrain, Professor at Harvard University, will be speaking at Harvard University. Please see the Shorenstein Center's Events page for updates and more details.

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“Black Collectives, Black Data, and Public Imperatives” workshop and talk

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
346 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for "Black Collectives, Black Data, and Public Imperatives," a talk and workshop by Sarah Patterson and Jim Casey of the Colored Conventions Project. Casey and Patterson will offer a talk on building public engagement initiatives and intellectual collectives, followed by a workshop in which participants will have an opportunity to transcribe materials themselves and a discussion on how transcription projects connect with historical and contemporary publics. Registration information and more details coming soon!  

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Fake News Series: Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Kennedy School, Harvard, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Brendan Nyhan, Professor at Dartmouth University, will be speaking at Harvard University. Please see the Shorenstein Center's Events page for updates and more details.

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